The addition of a new terminal at Khalifa Port is expected to boost Abu Dhabi’s position as a global maritime hub and to support China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Built by Cosco Shipping Ports, a subsidiary of China Cosco Shipping, the addition of the new terminal is set to nearly double the container capacity at the port from 5m TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) to 9.1m TEUs over the next five years. The new terminal alone has a capacity of 2.5m TEUs and a draft depth of 16.5 metres, which means the terminal will also be able to accomodate mega-vessels carrying up to 20,000 TEUs.
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